Pre-hospital Radiation Response & Radiological Considerations for Physicians

Stephen L. (Steve) Sugarman, the Vice President of Operations and Corporate Health Physicist for SummitET has been working in the health physics field for more than 30 years. He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and has a master’s degree in Safety Education and Service from the University of Tennessee. His primary areas of interest are the integration of health physics into radiation emergency response and improving communications as they relate to radiological events. With numerous peer-reviewed publications to his credit, Steve has provided training or invited lectures on radiation emergency response throughout the US and in over 20 foreign countries.

Prior to SummitET, Steve was at REAC/TS as the Health Physics Project Manager where during his 18 years of service he responded to numerous real-world radiation emergencies and provided training/education to thousands of physicians, nurses, and other response personnel. During the early stages of the Fukushima accident, he was one of only two REAC/TS personnel authorized to speak to the media related to the incident. Steve’s current health physics duties have him providing radiological subject matter expertise to multiple radiological exercise series as well as providing radiation-related training to personnel throughout the response community.

Pre-hospital Radiation Response Session Description – Pre-hospital radiation response will address basic risk considerations and patient handling when responding to a radiological incident.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand basic rad safety concepts.
  2. Understand decontamination concepts.
  3. Understand rad/contamination hazards/effects as it pertains to EMS response


Radiological Considerations for Physicians Session Description – Radiological Considerations for Physicians will address early dose magnitude estimation and its impact on treatment considerations. Reach-back SME support will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand early dose magnitude assessment.
  2. Understand basic applications of common countermeasures.
  3. Identify SME reach-back capabilities